Why Gymnastics?

Why Gymnastics?

Gymnastics provides many benefits to children’s growth and development. The package of benefits offered by gymnastics participation can enrich and physically educate the lives of its participants in ways that are difficult to achieve through most other activities and sports (Sands, 2003). Participation in gymnastics should be recommended as a positive foundational activity for school-aged children. Some of the studied benefits of participation in gymnastics are:

– enhanced development of fundamental motor patterns

– enhanced flexibility

– enhanced general strength and postural control

– ability to learn to jump, land and fall safely

– enhanced balance

– enhanced aerobic and anaerobic endurance

– unique long-term bone forming and strengthening advantages

– potential for enhanced cognitive benefits

– enhanced Task Mastery orientations

– potential for enhanced skill goal setting, team work and the ability to focus on tasks.

Benefits of gymnastics participation for school age children (Dowdell, 2013)

Why Gymnastics? (Sands, 1999)

Sands, W.A., Caine, D.J. & Borms, J. (2003). Scientific aspects of women’s gymnastics, Basel: Krager

Beyond the Games: Brain & Body pp 6-7 (USA Gymnastics, June 2013)

Blog Post – Everything my daughter needs to know she’s learnt from gymnastics

Here are some examples of other sports that have used gymnastics:

GWS Giants (AFL)

Phoenix Suns (NBA – Basketball)

Surfing Australia

‘Gymnastics is to sport, what the alphabet is to reading’